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Scenes of displaced people and damaged buildings in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Original film is in need of repair, jumps and rolls out of frame.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Audio/Visual: Si, B&W
Keywords: San Francisco: Disasters; Earthquakes: San Francisco, 1906; Fires and firefighting
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: 105 Years Ago
I didn't even know they had such good moving films by that time and these shots are fantastic. They should use this film to teach todays film directors (for tv especially) how to keep a camera still long enough to see whats in the lens and to prevent nausea in the person viewing the material.
This must be after the fire and all. I see artifacts of clean up that had to be put up at least days later.
The people are so well dressed and the moustacheod men in their derbys are so hot looking.
This is a landmark film!
Subject: i like it.
i really like the slowness of the 360 degrees givs lots of time to take in the magnitude of the destruction. and also, a wonderful sence of the times. 103 years ago!!!!!
Julio J. Hernandez -
Subject: Horrible earthquake
Very interesting and instructive!
The defects are forgivable in such an old movie.
Subject: well worth the look
Subject: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
More earthquake footage, but this time, by gum, they decided to you know, move the camera around! So we see more! Hoo-ray! The film is desperately slow though, especially in the beginning, where it¡¯s like the slowest 360 degree pan seen anywhere. But still, there are some charming bits in the film..Like that line.. Like that explosion, and also it appears that some parts of SF were left untouched from the fire. The rather unfortunate part of this reel is of course, is that it¡¯s wonky. The screen rolls all over the place man! Oh well, that¡¯s what you have to put up with history I suppose.